Thursday, September 13, 2018

Reader's Diary #1903- Grace Ellis (writer), Shae Beagle (artist): Moonstruck Vol. 1 Magic to Brew

As a fan of Lumberjanes, I had high expectations for Grace Ellis's Moonstruck. Unfortunately, despite a lot of positives, I never really connected with it.

I struggled mostly in seeing what direction the story was headed. I thought at first it would be a love story between the two characters shown on the cover, Julie and Selena, a couple of werewolves. Before long however, there's a story involving their (admittedly, very likeable) friend Chet, a centaur who loses their legs from an evil magician's spell. There's also a minor plot involving a dysfunctional music band that never really goes anywhere.

I also wasn't overly thrilled with the art. Again, there were a lot of good things going on; there was a well-defined and consistent style and the characters were expressive and represented a variety of body types, but very often I wanted more detail, especially in the background details.

Finally, there were a lot of special add-ons; a comic from Kate Leith, faux advice columns, and so forth, but overall they felt disconnected from the rest of the book and the humour was often hit or miss for me.

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